Solar Panel Guidelines
Definition: A solar energy system is defined as any solar collector or any structural design feature of a building whose primary purpose is to provide for the collection, storage, and distribution of solar energy for heating, cooling, electric generation, or water heating. This includes the following technologies:
- Solar Photovoltaics (electric generation)
- Solar Water Heating
- Solar Pool Heating
It is vital for the system to be oriented as close to due south as possible. This allows for optimum year-round sun exposure, maximizing the efficiency of the system.
Guidelines: To keep the aesthetic integrity of the neighborhood, all panels used must have a black frame and black back sheet.
Roof Mounted Systems
- Solar panels shall be mounted parallel to roof edges and have an overall height of less than six (6) inches above the roof surface, including the air gap between the panel and the roof surface.
- Solar panels shall use mounting hardware, framing and trim pieces which closely match the panel and roof color.
- There are no limitations on the coverage area on the roof as long as the solar panels do not extend past roof boundaries.
- Exposed wiring is not permitted.
- All chasing, pipes, and plumbing exposed on the exterior must be painted to match the color of the exterior building.
- Installer must be NABCEP certified.
Ground Mounted Systems
Ground mounted solar panels are permitted if:
- located within the building setback requirements
- in the rear yard
- shall not exceed four (4) feet in height including the structural components
- Archictectural Review Committe (ARC) request form completing and submission
- Plot Plan (GROUND MOUNT ONLY) or rendering showing panel placement on the roof or the ground.
- Catalogue, photographs, or manufacturer’s “cut sheet” of the proposed solar panels and complete specifications on all components on panels.
The ARC Committee has up to 30 days to review the request. Please do not start project work until notified. If no decision has been made 30 days after submitted request, homeowner may proceed with project.